Google Instant Previews now available

CaptureLast month, Neowin reported that Google was testing Instant Previews to go along with Instant Search results, but today they have finally unveiled it for everybody.

Google Instant Preview is combined with Instant Search to give you a full page thumbnail of the website you are about to visit. The thumbnail previews show up beside the search results, and can be toggled on or off, depending on your need for the feature.

Google Instant Preview may not be available for everyone, but you can opt-in through this page here and begin using the feature right away. Instant Preview shows both cached and up-to-date page previews from services like Twitter, where it displays messages on top of the preview, depending on the search result.

If you're using Instant Preview, you can scroll through the search results with your mouse or arrow keys, hitting up or down to preview through the search results.

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Google has been making some major headway with their search engine over the last month, even introducing Instant Search for mobile. Now mobile users can get the same desktop experience of Instant Search on their phone.

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I hate that instant search. I've moved to Bing. I want to type my entire search, and then hit search. Not have results as I type.

The power consumption from Instant Search makes me wonder. It certainly doesn't seem to be a very good idea for mobile devices...

But this is a nice feature. Google has already cached pages for years now. All this does it present their cached result as a little thumbnail image to the right of the search results. I also like how it highlights your search terms.

Of course, if you have Google Chrome 8 or later, enable Instant *Search* (not Previews) for Chrome by typing about:flags into the address bar, activate "Verbatim Search", and restart Chrome.

I really do not think this needs to be on by default. They should have made it opt in not opt out. Some older machines really chug at this. When you are at their house trying to look something up to repair their computer you want to pull your hair out.

I saw this flash up on my pc last week when I was doing a search on google after I clicked a link and when I tired to go back to see what it was (thinking it was a new feature) it never came back and now here it is again this time officially released lol.

It's a bit slow I must add, And it takes a while to load up, And it's not my computer either, Still needs some work.

For some reason instant search has never worked on my computer. Probably a cookie or cache issue. Ether way I couldn't be happier.

Useless and power consuming... A luxury of tech resources waste. Do they want us to look at how websites are designed or content? Because if it is content, no one can barely read this tiny mess.

Luis Mazza said,
Useless and power consuming... A luxury of tech resources waste. Do they want us to look at how websites are designed or content? Because if it is content, no one can barely read this tiny mess.

In some cases I can see myself NOT clicking on a specific search result link because the site design makes it look like nothing but a search term fishing ad farm.

Shadrack said,

In some cases I can see myself NOT clicking on a specific search result link because the site design makes it look like nothing but a search term fishing ad farm.

True. It is not because something seems like a good idea that it actually turns out to be useful or good.

BABYGIORGIO1 said,
impressive is the word that enters my mind at first

Agreed. Bing's version of this was all but useless for the most part, but this I will actually use.

BABYGIORGIO1 said,
impressive is the word that enters my mind at first

Microsoft had the idea first, when they implemented a very similar feature in Bing; however, it appears Google have done this better I hope Microsoft are taking note.

Calum said,

Microsoft had the idea first, when they implemented a very similar feature in Bing; however, it appears Google have done this better I hope Microsoft are taking note.

HOw you figure this is better than microsoft version? All this do is a thumbnail preview and not much info comes out. At least Bing gives you snippets of useful information.

Calum said,

Microsoft had the idea first, when they implemented a very similar feature in Bing; however, it appears Google have done this better I hope Microsoft are taking note.

I emailed them a couple of years ago suggesting they could have previews of webpages when you hover over a link. They emailed me back saying they thought it was a constructive idea which they would seriously consider. It could have been someone else's idea but I'm convinced it was mine lol